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Today's News

  • CF hosts Preview Night for future enrollees

    The College of Central Florida Levy Campus held its Preview Night March 1 for students looking to continue their education at the local campus.

    Attendees had their $30 admission fees waived for their participation.

    Workshops were available for prospective students, offering guidance on topics like financial aid, dual enrollment, CF student life and registration.

  • Gym makeover bolstered by Lowe’s donation

    Profound changes for the Cedar Key School gym began to take shape Feb. 28 when representatives from Lowe’s traveled to the campus to deliver a check for $24,945.15.

    That grant money will soon become new windows, a critical step in the process to install air conditioning in the historic building.

    Parent Teacher Organization President Lisa Custer, who applied for the Lowe’s grant, and city council woman Sue Colson, who worked on the project, accepted the check on behalf of the PTO, which will be financially responsible for the project.

  • CKS students complete boat training

    A team of volunteers from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary gave up their day on Feb. 26 to help Cedar Key School students in the first S.A.L.T. course complete the comprehensive Boating Skills and Seamanship Course.

  • Cedar Key Arts Festival makes Top 10

    The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts was once again named one of the Top 10 Juried Art Fairs in America in the ArtFairCalendar.com annual survey. That’s top 10-squared, 100 more reasons to attend this year’s celebration March 24- 25. The OFCA has also received, for three times in the last four years, national recognition as one of the Top Five Small Town Art Shows. That about sums up traveling to the tiny Gulf Coast town of Cedar Key for the 54th Annual Spring Arts Festival a trip worth a 1000-times over.

    Experience Old World Florida in an intimate venue

  • Small boat meet this weekend

    By C.L. Watson, Beacon Correspondent

    People, water, and small boats have been a combination for more than 10,000 years.

    The Pesse Canoe found in 1955 by a farmer in the Netherlands is the oldest known prehistoric vessel, carbon dated between 8040 and 7510 B.C. It’s a simple dugout canoe made from a scotch pine log in which the center was scraped out. The boat is on display at the Drents Museum in Assen, Netherlands, and is named after the village in which it was found.

  • Sharks place in Gainesville meet
  • Lady Sharks softball cruises to victory

    By CKS softball coach Lisa Fine

    It was a big win for the Lady Sharks softball team March 6 in Trenton. It defeated the Riverside Christian School Wranglers 21-6! The offense was lead by Audrey Collins and her four RBIs, Baylie Doty's home run and two RBIs, and Alyssa Beckham and Tori Fisher each contributed a pair of RBIs. Baylie also rang up six strikeouts and combined with Haiden Simpson and Allie Collins on a double play.

    Next Tuesday, March 13, the Lady Sharks will travel to Meadowbrook Academy in Ocala for a 5 p.m. game. Go Sharks!

  • Workout on Water

    By C.L. Watson, Beacon Correspondent

    The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences couldn’t have asked for better weather Saturday, Feb. 24 for the second annual Workout on the Waterfront in Cedar Key. The town bustled with plenty of visitors for UF/IFAS to raise awareness about the impact of plastic pollution, a type of marine debris affecting the gulf and all bodies of water.

  • CK open house educates on a range of environmental topics

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s open house Feb. 22, held at the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station, was a chance for residents to learn about the purpose and history behind the environmental regulations and restoration efforts that affect Cedar Key and the surrounding area.

    And while environmental regulations might not sound like sexiest of topics, the morning and midday event was a hit by all accounts, with around 80 attendees, proving again that Cedar Key citizen are passionate about its ecological standing.

  • On the cusp

    There was a palpable feeling in the Dixie County High School gym that Cedar Key might pull off the improbable.

    The Shark boys, looking for their first tournament win in more than two decades, had fallen behind 13-3 in the first quarter, but came storming back to take leads in the second and third quarters of the District 1A-7 quarterfinal Feb. 13 in Cross City. With four minutes remaining, on the heels of a Kris Burns layup, CKS was knotted with the Tigers at 45-45.